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Community Tasting Notes (31) Avg Score: 95.8 points

  • Opened at a client dinner so focus wasn’t on the wine....
    However, my recollection was first pnp was good fruit but finish
    was lighter with minerality and slight acidity...with more air the
    fruit built weight especially into the finish....dense black/blue fruit with subtle oak and fine tannins...a very good wine...
    $125 a pop isn’t cheap but I guess that’s the price of admission
    To hallowed ground...

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  • 2014 Quivet LPV and 2014 Schrader LPV side-by-side.

    This Quivet showed a similar flavor profile as the Schrader, with blackberry and asphalt notes at the front end, but with additional flavors of deeper and richer dark chocolate, blueberry, oak char, and some spices also inserted into the mix. A sexy, round (but not overly plush) delivery, with a succulent mouthfeel that added a bit of textural chewiness and weight, especially in comparison to the more straight-shot execution of the Schrader. The Quivet was without a doubt more open for business.

    The Schrader came off as a more serious and direct expression of the site, reminding me a bit of the 2012 Hobbs LPV (decidedly linear and contained in its delivery). The Schrader came off angular when compared to the more opulent Quivet. The Quivet was more demonstrative and had more sex appeal, but still maintained a similar focus as the Schrader. The Quivet was not overtly flashy, but definitely more fleshy and gratuitous.

    Drink the Quivet now and within the next 5+ years (to be inside of its optimum window for freshness). I’d imagine this stays relatively constant over the next few years, as it appears to be in a decent glide right now. 95-96 points.

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  • Fun.

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  • This rich and integrated Cabernet is drinking well right now, though my guess it that it will be better in another year or so. Although it's shed its baby fat, it has a more grainy character that should fold back into the wine with more time. All that aside, this is delicious now, and it should only get better.

    Dark raspberry in color and full in body, the wine has aromas of blackberry, cocoa powder, baking spices, and crushed rock. Tastes of mountain blueberry, graphite, leather, and cedar, with a compelling finish that combines cocoa and gravel (with more of the latter). 15.1% alcohol. Still going strong on second day, with perhaps a bit more sweetness.

    This seemed like a breath of fresh air next to a 2014 Anthem LPV, which was all sugar and alcohol in comparison. I know Mike Smith's approach is modern / fruit-forward / big / insert-your-adjective, but it should be said that his wines, especially after a few years from the right vineyard, just sing. This is such a wine. 95+ for now, with upside.

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  • Shared with good friends over dinner of grilled steaks, and vegetables. Served alongside a 2012 Nickel & Nickel Tench Vineyard Cabernet. This is a classic Mike Smith wine; pure fruit, integrated oak, velvet finish, adequate acidity (but I think the power of the fruit is actually still front and center at this point). This wine is a huge mouthful of ripe blueberries, blackberries, with campfire s'mores. I rarely get a graham cracker+vanilla+sweet Ceylon cinnamon note in wine, but this certainly had that or the sweeter Teddy Grahams in the background. Slight minerality and spice in the long finish. I still think this wine is quite primary, though there is no judgement in drinking now, since it's so delicious. I'll plan to keep the rest I have for a bit, and certainly the 2016 vintage once it arrives. I would love to see this wine with 2-4 more years of bottle age, but doubt I'll have the patience.

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